In common with many properties of that period, the kitchen and ancillary areas at the rear of the house were small and there was little connectivity to the large rear garden. The client required an internal reorganisation and rear extension that would provide a modern and informal family/dining/kitchen area and also improve visual and physical engagement with the garden.
By removing a wide section of the rear wall and some earlier lightweight extensions, a new single storey extension provides a single large, family space. A new granite patio further extends the family space into the garden.
The form of the extension is distinctive, simple and uncluttered, to complement the disciplined and robust character of the main house, and yet contemporary in its design and choice of materials.
Weathering bronzed copper was selected for the cladding, which sits comfortably with the red and brown brick of the main house. The projecting and tapering form of the cladding provides solar shading without compromising the extensive glazing, including full-width frameless bi-fold doors, which optimises daylight, views and connectivity with the garden.
Vertical glazing and a linear roof window serve to define the junction between the extension and the existing building and allow deeper penetration of natural light and ventilation.